State of the Market (06/23/24)

By Todd Mei PhD | State of the Market | 23 Jun 2024

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The Macro Situation

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  • the poorer cousin of Seeking Alpha;

  • the excess returns earned on an investment above the benchmark return when adjusted for a comparison with your neighbor who has just become unemployed. 

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Experts are taking the recent data from last week's PPI and CPI seriously. The Fed’s intention to make one interest rate cut this year may be too little, too late.

  • Recent retail sales data suggests consumer spending is slowing, and the unemployment rate has risen to 4%, its highest since January 2022. See, for instance, the Empire State’s manufacturing survey which has contracted for the 7th straight month.

  • May’s CPI data showed a slower increase, hinting at a possible deceleration in the PCE index, the Fed’s preferred inflation measure.

  • Last week’s report noted that the jobless claims were astonishingly high (243,000). This week’s report is no slouch with 238,000. The worry is that a low job vacancy rate tends to correlate with high unemployment and a significantly weakening economy.

  • New home construction is the lowest in 3 years, which can be a key indicator with respect to consumer appetite and the effects of having high interest rates for a prolonged period.

According to the Fed Watch tool, which tracks the prices of various futures contracts related to interest rates (particularly the federal funds rate), the chance for a rate cut in September is 59.5%.

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Up to the week ending on June 14, 2024, the ANFCI has remained level at -0.53, which is a good sign for the investment climate.

Core Assets Update

Gold (2334.70) prices have been bolstered by political uncertainty in France. However, the close of markets on Friday saw a steep drop as investors weighed the course of the US economy and questions about the resumption of Chinese gold buying.

Crude Oil (80.59) has risen in anticipation of summer demand despite inventory surpluses.

The 10-year Treasury yield (4.257%) spiked early in the week after Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari indicated that the central bank may not cut rates until December. By the end of the week, the yield reflected price adjustments and a more steadied view.

                                             -Todd Mei, PhD and Sebastian Purcell, PhD


AI Sentiment Report

The following sentiment scores use AI to track sectors as leading indicators. (Lesson 4 of The Art of The Bubble covers the selection of lead indicators for bubble trades). The scores are most indicative for the next day of trading (a Monday), but they appear to set the general tone for the next week.

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Todd Mei PhD
Todd Mei PhD

Todd is a former Associate Professor of Philosophy with over 16 years of research experience in the philosophy of work and economics. He is currently the lead researcher and writer for the Web3 consultancy group, 1.2 Labs.

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